22 Rarest And Most Unique Cat Breeds

Unique personalities, mesmerizing movements, and lovely long whiskers! Cat people, this one is definitely for you. Dog lovers beware, this slideshow might not be your cup of tea… Or it might be precisely what you need to change how you feel about cats. So stick around and feel free to enjoy each and every one of these slides, featuring some of the lesser-known cat breeds in the world. What could be more purrfect?

#22. Bengal

Let’s start our slideshow by talking about a cat breed known for enjoying something that other cats don’t. We bet you didn’t know that Bengals really like being around water! Yes, you’ve read it correctly, they love spending time in the water.

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Bengals are also known for being quite intelligent. They can learn how to do several tricks, such as opening doors or turning light switches on and off. They are also able to learn how to solve puzzles! Isn’t that amazing?

#21. Peterbald

This next breed may not be for those who only love furry felines. Let’s meet the Peterbald. This large-eared feline possesses a unique characteristic: a quite noticeable lack of hair. Even though some of them are born with little hair, they tend to lose it over time.

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Peterbalds are great with children and really enjoy being surrounded by other pets, so if you’re doubting whether you should adopt one or not, go for it! There’s no doubt your family will love this little addition.
If you want to see some other hairless felines, make sure you keep sliding!

#20. Teacup Persian

This cat is actually not an official separate breed, due to the fact that these felines are simply Persian cats that don’t get to grow very large in size. This being said, the Teacup Persian is one of the smallest types of cats that you can find.

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There’s no doubt that they are the cutest. However, there are certain things to consider. Not only are they extremely hard to find, but also quite difficult to handle, due to their many serious health issues. So if you’re planning on buying one, think it twice and be prepared.

#19. Russian Blue

Have you ever seen a cat so grey that it almost looks blue when the right kind of light hits it? If you have, it must have been the Russian Blue. This cat is commonly known for being hypoallergenic. However, that’s not entirely true.

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While many people with allergies choose the Russian Blue as their pet, it is important to know that this kitty does produce low levels of the allergenic protein that makes your skin itch and your eyes water. If this tiny aspect is not a problem, then this incredibly vocal feline could be perfect for you.

#18. Pixie Bob

This breed owes its existence to a cat breeder named Carol Ann Brewer, who rescued a cat who had a bobtail and was reported to have been sired by a bobcat. That cat later mated with a neighbor’s cat and many adorable kittens were born.

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Little did she know that that was going to be the origin of this smart cat, right? One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Pixie Bobcat is that its personality is very “dog-like”. This feline also thrives on love and affection, so it’s pretty much the perfect companion, right?

#17. Minskin

We promised you another hairless kitty, and here it is! Let’s meet the Minskin, a rare offspring between a Munchkin and a Sphinx. With very short legs and a quite stocky body, it’s no surprise that its name is a combination of the words “miniature” and “skin”.

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Unlike the Peterbald, the Munchkin’s coat is actually hypoallergenic, which makes this cat the perfect fit for anyone who struggles with allergies and is desperately seeking for a pet. But we must admit that they look quite strange, don’t they?

#16. Lambkin

This next breed is pretty similar to the Munchkin, with a minor difference only: their fur looks pretty similar to the wool of a lamb. Hence the word “lamb” on their name. Look at the grey and white cat in the picture below: don’t you feel like stroking its smooth, curly hair?

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Did you know that this breed is quite new? The Lambkin has been around since 1990, so very little is known about it yet. What we know so far is that this breed is very outgoing and playful. However, these cats are equally happy if you only want to cuddle with them for a while.

#15. Lykoi

Also known as the werewolf cat, the Lykoi is a cat known for having a body covered in hair yet a hairless face. Scientists have been trying for a while to find out what makes the Lykoi have this hair distribution, but they have yet to discover the reason. Weird, huh?

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Even though the Lykoi looks like a not-so-friendly wild animal, its personality is quite the opposite. This feline is not only very sweet and loving but also very intelligent. So you know what they say: don’t judge a cat by its cover!

#14. LaPerm

Another hypoallergenic kitty for you! This is another somewhat new cat breed that emerged around 1980 as a spontaneous mutation of cats that were bred for pest control in Oregon. The coat of a LaPerm cat varies in length and comes in all colors.

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This curly-coated cat has a lovely personality. It’s not only friendly and loving but also curious, so if you choose to give one of these kitties a home, be ready to find it snooping around. They’re so furry that you won’t be able to take your hands off them!

#13. Donskoy

The Donskoy was recognized by the World Cat Federation in 1997 and by The International Cat Association in 2005, so it’s pretty right to say that this breed is one of the latest you can find. But what’s so special about them?

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These cats are friendly and very intelligent, so if you’re into teaching tricks, they are very likely to learn them. They enjoy receiving affection from humans and are very loyal. However, they might not be suitable to be around other cats, due to their jealous nature.

#12. Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is known for having a genetic short tail which is unique to each cat, like some sort of fingerprint. We all know that cats need to use their tails in order to be able to jump, so the first thing that comes to our mind is that these cats are not able to jump, because of their really short tails. Right?

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Think again! Because these kitties are actually quite athletic and agile, and their tiny tails don’t prevent them from jumping from one place to another. They also come in many different colors and patterns.

#11. Cornish Rex

Here is another cat whose soft short wavy coat is a product of a spontaneous natural mutation. The Cornish Rex is an intelligent and active cat. It’s a pretty curious animal too! No matter what you’re doing, this kitty is ready to get involved.

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There is some misinformation regarding this breed, so if you’ve heard that they’re hypoallergenic, let us tell you that that’s not entirely true. Now you know, if you’re thinking of adopting one of these kitties, make sure you get your allergies checked!

#10. Ukrainian Levkoy

This is one of the rarest breeds of cats that made it into our list! The Ukrainian Levkoy is a cat that is known for having a distinctive appearance. These kitties have inward-folding ears and very little to no hair. But that’s not all…

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When we said that they were rare, we weren’t joking! This breed is especially known for the difference that exists between males and females species: they look entirely different! Look at the picture above: don’t the males at the sides have a sort of doggish face?

Slide to see one of our favorites chubby cats!

#9. Scottish Fold

Who doesn’t love a chubby, fluffy cat? We sure do! Let’s talk about the Scottish Fold. This kitty is often compared to owls because of their big eyes and tiny ears. To be honest, the resemblance is uncanny.

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Another eye-catching fact about the Scottish Folds is that these cats are known for their weird posses. It is quite common to find them sitting, standing, or even laying in several human-like positions! Who wouldn’t love finding one of these kitties waiting for them in a “Buddha” position like the one in the picture, right?

#8. American Wirehair

You may not notice that at first glance, but the American Wirehair is not a regular kitty. These cats’ fur is different since it has another texture. Its fur is often described as thick, hard, and springy, and it pretty much resembles steel wool.

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When it comes to their personality, these cats are very playful and affectionate. They also enjoy staying indoors, so you won’t have to worry about your little buddy running away. And finally, look at the sweet expression that they have!
If you thought we were done talking about hairless felines, slide for a surprise!

#7. Sphynx

This breed became really famous, even though it was created by accident. The origin of the Sphynx takes us to 1960, in Canada. They were named like the half cat, half human Egyptian statue probably because of their human-like skin.

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The main reason these cats attract everyone’s attention is their skin: it shows the colors/patterns of were their fur would be. If they had any, right? And just like some of the breeds already mentioned, they’re not hypoallergenic, even though many people believe that they are.

Slide to see where the next cat got its name from!

#6. Munchkin

Very, very, very short legs, wobbly walking, and high enthusiasm. It’s the Munchkin! This breed is one of our favorites. They come in all sorts of shades, colors, and patterns, and the funniest part is that they’re the shortest registered cat breed in the world!

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This breed got its name from writer L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We told you these cats were pretty active and enthusiastic. One of their favorite activities is jumping from one place to another. Sadly for them, they can only jump to a certain extent.

#5. Selkirk Rex

This curly-haired cat is certainly one of our favorites. The Selkirk Rex has a dominant gene that makes its fur curl the way it does. What’s interesting about these felines is that since only one of the parents needs to pass along the curly hair gene, both straight hair and curly fur kittens can be born in the same litter.

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Another important fact to know about these felines is that they have a nice easy-going, calm personality. They are sweet-tempered and cuddly. And who wouldn’t like to cuddle with such a furry little pal? Pretty much the perfect companion, right?

#4. Savannah

The Savannah may look like a wild feline, a cheetah maybe, don’t you think? However, they are not related! The Savannah is a cross between a domestic cat and a wild African Serval. They are cousins of the lynx and ocelot, and they all boast the same spotted coat

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These kitties may not be for everyone, though. Did you know that they can grow up to 25 pounds? If you can’t imagine their size, it’s 2-3 times as heavy as an average house cat. Isn’t that incredible? It’s like having a dog! Now, are you ready for our top 3?

#3. Devon Rex

If you hadn’t guessed by now, this breed of cats comes from Devon, England. You may not notice it by looking at the picture below, but even though they look bald, they actually have a very thin coat that covers them. They also have oversized years, wide eyes, and high cheekbones.

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Devon Rex cats are always active. Their personality is quite interesting. They are incredibly intelligent and so playful that they are often called “monkeys in a cat’s suit.” We could say that they have a rather dog-like personality, right?

#2. American Curl

Their flipped shell-shaped ears are not the only thing that makes these felines so attractive. Their personality is very appealing as well. American Curls are very friendly and family oriented, which makes them the perfect fit for any family who wishes to give them a home.

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Since they are very dependant kitties, they don’t like to be left alone for long periods. If they aren’t surrounded by their loved ones, they might experience separation anxiety. So if you work all day and go back home at night, then this may not be the ideal cat for you.

#1. Khao Manee

A marvelous snow-white cat with beautiful deep eyes. Let’s meet the Khao Manee! This cat comes from Thailand and has been referenced in a book of poems known as Tamra Maew. And also, they’re probably the whitest cats in the world. Impressive, right?

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These kitties are faithful and devoted to their owners, so loyalty is one of the many words that come to mind when you’re trying to describe them. They are curious, intelligent, a bit naughty, and eager to either play or curl up with their human for a little nap.

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